Some acclaimed short stories written by teenagers include "Dreaming of Stars" by Helen Copp and "The Shortest Short Story in the History of Short Stories of All Time Ever" by Adam Schorin. These are award-winning stories from "The Best Teen Writing of 2013." released by The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.Continue Reading
"The Best Teen Writing of 2013" features selected written pieces from the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which recognizes talented teenage artists and writers. The complete lists of winners and the winning pieces themselves are available at ArtAndWriting.org.
Helen Copp was only a 14-year-old eighth-grade student from Oyster River Middle School in Durham, New Hampshire, when she won a Gold Medal in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her short story "Dreaming of Stars." The story is set in a boat in a dystopian future after a great flood has covered all land areas. The storyteller is a young girl imagining herself together with the family she lost in the flood and dealing with her loss and fears and coming to terms with her present and her hopes for the future.
At 17, Adam Schorin, then a senior at Stuyvesant High School in New York, New York, received an American Voices Award in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for writing "The Shortest Short Story in the History of Short Stories of All Time Ever." The story speaker is a boy who tells about his friend's infatuation with a teacher. The title does not refer to his short story, which is not actually very short. The reference is to a one-word story that the storyteller writes to challenge the seven-word story that his friend writes.Learn more about Fiction